Three has deployed 1400 MHz spectrum to 1900 of its 4G sites across the UK, doubling capacity and increasing speeds by 150%.
This means that it has upgraded another 500 sites with spectrum since February as part of a larger £ 2 billion investment program in IT and network infrastructure that will dramatically improve the capabilities of its 4G network and will facilitate the deployment of 5G across the UK.
The operator launched its 5G service early last year and is planning a gradual rollout that has now reached parts of 193 cities.
So far, it has built or upgraded 1,300 5G sites and connected 3500-10Gbps fiber backhaul, which will facilitate further deployment. The company has also decentralized its data center infrastructure to a network of 20 facilities located across the country, so it can be closer to customers and reduce latency – a critical requirement for more revolutionary 5G applications.
Hrvoje Jerkovic recently joined the company as Director of the Core Network and will be responsible for the design and execution of the core layer of Three’s mobile infrastructure.
The 5G network will also be boosted by the 2x10MHz 700MHz spectrum it won at the recent Ofcom auction, with the operator saying this will have a transformative effect on indoor and rural coverage.
“The investment we make in our network and IT infrastructure is critical to delivering on our promise to deliver better connectivity, every day for every customer,” said David Hennessy, CTO at Three. “Despite the unprecedented challenges presented by a global pandemic, our rollout of 5G and 4G continues and we are ensuring that our customer remains at the center of every decision we make.”
Away from the network rollout schedule, Three also introduced a spam filter late last year and said this resulted in a 90% reduction in reports of harmful communications from customers.